To recent graduates:
Congratulations! You did it! You should be very proud of your accomplishments, whether you graduated with your Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, or your Doctorate. Not everyone makes it through college, so you should be proud, and I’m sure relieved to have finally achieved this goal.
What’s next? As a responsible person, and as someone who has been through this already, I would have told you to start applying for jobs even before you graduated. However, I also know the amount of hard work it takes to get through college, no matter what degree you have been working towards, so I also encourage you to take time to relax. Enjoy the feeling of being done with school. Enjoy not having to go to class, enjoy being home (if you lived in a dorm). Take time to celebrate yourself!
If you’re one of the lucky ones who already nailed down a job, it might seem a little harder to take time to breathe. It’s a big transition, especially for the traditional college grad. One piece of advice for entering real adulthood, especially for the traditional graduate group: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. This is not only job related, this goes for anything. Questions about your new apartment? Ask your landlord. About health insurance? Don’t be afraid to call your customer service line. About 401ks or new bank accounts? Stop in your bank and talk to someone! Never be afraid to ask questions.
As far as the new job is concerned, questions can show a lot about you as a new employee. It shows you care and want to make a good impression, and that you want to learn as much as you can so you can be successful. I’m keeping this post short today, but those are the two pieces of advice I would give to any recent grad. One, take time to bask in the glory of all your hard work paying off, and two, never ever be afraid to ask questions.